It’s a sweet win for Bengal. On Tuesday, the Geographical Indications (GI) Registry announced that ‘Rosogolla’ is not Odisha’s but Bengali’s pride and it originated in West Bengal only. The state’s Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee celebrated the news by tweeting, "Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that Bengal has been granted GI (Geographical Indication) status for Rosogolla."
The GI announcement came months after the Odisha government formed a panel to formally claim ‘Rosogolla’, which has been identified with Bengalis for so long. Since June 2015, Odisha and West Bengal have been engaged in a bitter legal war over the origin of the spongy and syrupy sweet balls.
The battle over Rosogolla turned worse in 2015 when Odisha’s Science and Technology Minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi set up several committees to trace back the origin of 'Rosogolla'. In fact, they went a step further and declared July 30 as the ‘Rasagolla Dibasa’. Then the Bengal government too set up a committee to fight Odisha's claim legally. Referring to the 19th century origin of the sweet, Mamata Banerjee’s government argued that the quintessential delicacy was first created in 1868 by the famous sweetmeat-maker Nabin Chandra Das.
Speaking to News18 from Chennai, Chinnaraja G Naidu, Assistant Registrar of Trade Marks and GI said, “Yes, today Bengal got the GI patent for Rosogolla. After a thorough study, we found that the juicy sweet ‘Rosogolla’ indeed originated from Bengal and not Odisha.”
State food processing minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah welcomed GI announcement and said, “It was not merely a battle over Rosogolla, but a battle of pride and identity for Bengalis.”
Ganguram is one of the most popular sweet chains in Kolkata that is famous for its 'Rosogollas'. Ram Ji, the owner said, “It's a great relief for us. I would like to thank the concerned ministry for doing justice to us. You just cannot define 'Rosogolla' by saying that it is a just a sweet. 'Rosogolla' is a part of our family. It is about joy, happiness. It is an essential part of our culture.”
Dhiman Das, the owner of another famous sweet chain KC Das, said, “I don’t have enough words to thank the GI officials. We are in business for several decades and I knew 'Rosogolla' is our creation. This is a victory for all Banga Bashi”.